The south coast is sizzling: Promotion joy for Chris Hughton, Derek Adams and Paul Cookby Jack Kitson / 18 April 2017, 13:23Tweet
Easter Monday proved to be a landmark day for a trio of Football League managers as Chris Hughton, Derek Adams and Paul Cook all led their respective south coast teams to promotion, joining the managerial duo of Chris Wilder and Darren Ferguson in the rapidly growing 2016/17 promotion club.
Chris Hughton (Brighton)
Chris Hughton created history on Monday as he became the first manager to ever lead Brighton up into the Premier League. The Seagulls soared into the Promised Land following a 2-1 victory over Wigan, which propelled the south coast club an insurmountable 13 points clear of 3rd-placed Huddersfield.
Brighton, who next season will play in the top-tier for the first time in 34 years, will now be determined to clinch the Championship title, which they’ll hoist should they beat Norwich on Friday.
Hughton, of course, has previously lifted the trophy with Newcastle back in 2009/10, only to then become the first managerial casualty of the 2010/11 top-flight season after he was harshly sacked.
This will no doubt make him doubly determined to clinch the title ahead of the Magpies who are now seven points adrift of his troops with three games to go - and if Hughton takes maximum points from those matches then he will become the first manager to break the 100-point barrier twice.
Derek Adams (Plymouth)
Derek Adams will manage in League One for the first time after leading Plymouth up to the third-tier in style, following a 6-1 hammering of Newport in front of a jubilant Home Park.
Adams has previously been promoted on two occasions with Scottish side Ross County, but now at the second attempt he’s catapulted Plymouth out of League Two.
The Pilgrims had been stuck in the Football League’s bottom tier since 2010/11, finishing in the play-offs in the last two seasons (one under Adams) only to fall short. However, there is no need to go through another nerve-shredding play-off process, with the Devon outfit cementing a prized automatic promotion place, alongside Doncaster and…
Paul Cook (Portsmouth)
It was a stunning day for south coast clubs as Portsmouth also joined the promotion party after Paul Cook led his side to a 3-1 victory at in-form Notts County.
Pompey endured a torrid time between 2010 and 2013 as they plummeted from the Premier League right down to League Two. The club had a couple of underwhelming seasons in the fourth tier, finishing 13th then 16th, while they reached the play-offs last term, only to lose out to Plymouth.
However, the good times are flooding back to Fratton Park as at the fourth time of asking - second for Cook who was appointed in 2015 - Portsmouth have escaped the clutches of League Two after superb run of seven wins from their last nine games.